Friday, November 29, 2013

Sunday School Libraries in Halifax and Huddersfield before public libraries.

Magnusson, Chris
Parr, Linda J. (2009). Sunday School Libraries in Halifax and Huddersfield before public libraries. Library & Information History, 25, 50-67.

An interesting historical article about Sunday School libraries which were actually different from either church and public libraries. Sunday School libraries reached out to the poor and rural communities in northeastern Canada.  At that time daily school was expensive and many children worked so could not attend. But Sunday school was free and provided an opportunity for learning to read. An interesting idea I valued from this article was to not focus completely on the statistical circulation data. One library that had very minimal circulation note that “The teachers would pass on some of the lessons and knowledge from the books to their scholars, so even though the issue was low, the library may have had more impact than these figures suggest.”

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